Democrat Tom Arkoosh will face Republican Raul Labrador this November in the Attorney General race.
Arkoosh has replaced Steven Scanlin for the Democrat Party. Scanlin withdrew his candidacy last week.
Scanlin’s treasurer is former Idaho Supreme Court Justice, Jim Jones. Jones is a board member for Take Back Idaho and has been an outspoken critic of Labrador.
In his campaign announcement, Arkoosh said in part,
I am not a politician. I grew up on a family farm in Gooding. After my education and life experiences, I have practiced law in Idaho for 44 years. I am a counselor, litigator, and lawyer. I want to emphasize I am a counselor, litigator, and lawyer. Over the course of my career, I have successfully practiced water law, civil litigation, criminal law – both prosecution and defense – commercial law and natural resources and administrative law. This is why I feel qualified to hold this office. When it comes to legal experience, ability, and independence, there is a vast difference between my opponent and me. As to each of these qualifications, I am well-prepared to lead the office. He does not have that experience.
The Labrador campaign responded to the announcement of Arkoosh as the new Democrat opponent in an email to Idaho Dispatch. Here is the message in full:
There is nothing more political than this backroom deal cut by the Idaho Democrat Party with Mr. Arkoosh, who has literally flip-flopped between parties in the course of a year. Mr. Arkoosh is embracing the party of Joe Biden, with policies that have driven our economy into the highest inflation in forty years and given safe harbor to extremists who support defunding the police. As Idaho’s next Attorney General, Raúl Labrador will work to protect Idaho’s families, safeguard the state’s economy, and defend Constitutional freedoms.
The race for Attorney General is is “open” race after Labrador defeated long-time incumbent Lawrence Wasden. Wasden had held the seat for more than 20 years.
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